Blind Iranian legend Pari Zangeneh sings the song Gonjishkake Ashi Mashi, described by an Iranian friend as “a song of warning to a little sparrow which is coming around too close to people; saying it could be destroyed and eaten in the pool of painting (which is human society). It’s an old lullaby, my mom used to sing it to us…”
Posts Tagged ‘war’
“We will have to rapidly create small, monastic communities where we can sustain and feed ourselves. It will be up to us to keep alive the intellectual, moral and cultural values the corporate state has attempted to snuff out.” If you think the essay below is apocalyptic raving, remember that Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer prize winner and former New York Times political journalist. He has also taught at Princeton …read more
Photo essay of post-war Yugoslavian monuments and architecture by Belgian artist Jan Kempenaers, from the Crown Gallery site. “Spomenik” means monument, and all of these structures were meant to commemorate WWII losses and point to progress and a generally utopian future. Thanks to the turmoil of subsequent wars in the former Yugoslavia, these brutalist monuments have fallen into disrepair. More information on Kempenaers here.
While on the topic of Afghanistan, here are some examples of Afghani war rugs. Production of these pictorial rugs began in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion and persisted throughout the civil war and into the US invasion. Woven by men, the rugs depicted the dominant reality of the time—battle, maps, weaponry, helicopters, tanks. The rug above, for example, features grenades, helicopters, and semi-automatic weapons. The red rugs shown here were …read more
“Dazzle painting,” devised in Britain during WWI, was based on the theory that complex optical patterns would confuse enemy naval rangefinders by disguising a ship’s speed and direction. It employed a number of visual tricks including the painting of false bow waves on rear portions of the ship rather than the prow. There’s a fascinating explanation of how it was meant to work here. Interestingly, the concept was invented by an artist, …read more